Retired Ghanaian referee Joseph Wellington has strongly criticised South African referee Victor Gomes for his performance in the Black Stars’ loss to Tunisia at the 2019 AFCON.
Esperance de Tunis’ Taha Yassine Khenissi stunned Ghana fans both home and at the Ismailia Stadium with a sadistic finish from inside the box on the 73rd minute mark but Ghana’s record goal scorer Asamoah Gyan climbed off the bench to pressurise substitute Rami Bedoui who scored a stoppage-time own-goal to hand Ghana a lifeline.
After either teams failed to find the back of the net within extra-time the game headed for shoot out with the Carthage Eagles converting all their kicks while Trabzonspor attacker Caleb Ansah Ekuban saw his kick saved by Farouk Ben Mustapha in between the sticks for the eventual winners on the night.
Andre Ayew amazingly backheeled a Thomas Partey low cross into the net but the South African referee disallowed the goal on what he claims was a handball situation against the Atletico de Madrid star-man.
That call and other incidents have infuriated the former centre man.
“I wasn’t impressed with the performance of referee Gomes at all. He was just doing concert on the pitch. He could have easily gotten on the nerves of any of the players with his antics and it could have degenerated into a chaotic situation,” he told Ultimate Sports Show host Benedict Kwadwo Mensah aka Moshosho.
The Black Stars have faced penalty shootouts 5 times out of the 21 times they have appeared at the biggest football showpiece on the African continent. Out of the 5 only 1 has resulted in a victory for the Stars.
By El Akyereko
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